Wye


Wye
This interesting surname is of Anglo-Saxon and Welsh origin and has three possible sources, the first being a locational name from a place so called in Kent, first recorded in the Saxon Charters of 839, as "an Vaie", and later in the Domesday Book of 1086 as "Wi", with the derivation from the Old English pre 7th Century "weol", "wig", a holy place or heathen temple. The two other possible sources are both river names, one in Berkshire, which takes its name from Wycombe, the Wye in this case deriving from the Old English "wic", a dairy farm; the other river which flows through Hereford, and appears as Gwy in Weth is an ancient British (pre Roman) river name, which is first recorded in the "History of Britain" circa 800 as "Gvoy", and later in the Domesday Book as "Waie". The marriages of Margaret Wye and Roberty Whitney took place on 1515 at Icomb, Whitney, Hereford, and in St. Mary's, Woolnoth, London of John Wye and Magdalen Van Hove on November 10th 1573. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Hugh de Wy, which was dated 1275, Hundred Rolls of Kent, during the reign of King Edward 1, "The Hammer of the Scots", 1272 - 1307. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

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  • Wye — can refer to:Place names:*Wye, Kent, a village in Kent, England *Wye, Montana, a town in Missoula County, Montana, USA *Wye River, Victoria, a tourist village on the west coast of Victoria, Australia *Wye, South Australia, a town in South… …   Wikipedia

  • Wye — ist: ein Fluss in Wales, siehe Wye (Fluss) ein Fluss in Derbyshire, England, siehe River Wye (Derbyshire) ein Ort in der Grafschaft Kent, siehe Wye (Kent) Wye ist der Familienname folgender Personen: Trevor Wye (* 1935), englischer Flötist und… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Wye — Wye, MT U.S. Census Designated Place in Montana Population (2000): 381 Housing Units (2000): 126 Land area (2000): 3.126905 sq. miles (8.098646 sq. km) Water area (2000): 0.000000 sq. miles (0.000000 sq. km) Total area (2000): 3.126905 sq. miles… …   StarDict's U.S. Gazetteer Places

  • Wye, MT — U.S. Census Designated Place in Montana Population (2000): 381 Housing Units (2000): 126 Land area (2000): 3.126905 sq. miles (8.098646 sq. km) Water area (2000): 0.000000 sq. miles (0.000000 sq. km) Total area (2000): 3.126905 sq. miles… …   StarDict's U.S. Gazetteer Places

  • Wye — Wye, n.; pl. {Wyes}. [1913 Webster] 1. The letter Y. [1913 Webster] 2. A kind of crotch. See {Y}, n. (a) . [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Wye — (spr. Uei), Fluß in England, entspringt in der Grafschaft Brecknock (Wales), nimmt die Flüsse Mynwye, Ithon u. andere auf, macht einen schönen Wasserfall (Rhajadigwy) u. fällt bei Chepstown in die Saverne. Am W. schlug Eduard I. 1282 den walliser …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • Wye — (spr. ŭai), rechter Nebenfluß des Severn im engl. Fürstentum Wales, entspringt am Plinlimmon, fließt an Hay, Hereford, Roß und Monmouth vorbei und mündet nach einem Laufe von 200 km südlich von Chepstow. Bis Monmouth ist er schiffbar. Sein… …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • Wye — (spr. wei), r. Nebenfluß des Severn, entspringt in Wales, am Plynlimmon, wird von Monmouth an schiffbar, durchfließt das schöne Wyetal, mündet nach 207 km unterhalb Chepstow …   Kleines Konversations-Lexikon

  • Wye —   [waɪ] der, Fluss in Wales und England, rd. 210 km lang, entspringt am Plynlimon in den Cambrian Mountains, mündet bei Chepstow in das Ästuar des Severn.   …   Universal-Lexikon

  • Wye — [wī] river in SE Wales & W England, flowing southeast into the Severn estuary: c. 130 mi (209 km) …   English World dictionary

  • wye — [wī] n. pl. wyes 1. the letter Y 2. something shaped like Y …   English World dictionary


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